How do the writers of the Bible explain the concept of God as creator?
The concept of God as Creator is explained by the writers of the bible in various ways. In Genesis chapter one, God creates things ex-nihilo, by simply stating them to exist; when it says that “God says” something it then comes into being. Another example is when God says “let there be light”, which shows He is the spontaneous designer of all creation. The Judaeo-Christian thought of God as creator is that God created the entire universe and is the sole cause of everything’s existence and everything’s purpose. The Apostle’s Creed refers to God as the “father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”, which shows they believe that God is the first cause and creator of all things. This relates to Genesis chapter two when God is spoken of using anthropomorphic terms such as saying he is “walking in the garden”, which implies His immanence to His creation rather than suggesting God is merely a human being. The Bible also presents examples of God’s transcendence as well as His immanence such as in Genesis where God is portrayed as the Supreme Being who is unequal and separate from his creation. God has been personally active in the world since its creation and yet He is also set apart from it, superior in nature. These two attributes are opposite but complimentary, and need to be balanced in order to understand the concept of God as creator. There are numerous references to God’s immanence in Scripture as seen in Psalm 65:9-13 “You care for the land and water it”. Another example of God’s presence with man is noted in Job 33:4: “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. This also suggests Anthropomorphism when it refers to God as having “breath” like a human being. God’s omnipotence and omnipresence demonstrate God’s immanence, as he has universal presence and power within the world. God’s transcendence is referred to in Isaiah 55:89: “As the heavens than the...
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